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President Barack Obama follows through on a swing while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Obama is vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

On the golf course, Obama avoids the rough

Immediately after his telephone call consoling the Foley family on their son’s grisly murder at the hands of Islamofascists, President Obama took a powder.

Burger King's "King" Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Chasing Burger King to Canada

Burger King’s effort to acquire Tim Hortons, a Canadian purveyor of coffee and doughnuts, is a good business decision, but its choice to locate corporate headquarters north of the border would be the direct result of President Obama’s anti-business tax policies.

President Golf  Inconvenience Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The duffer-in-chief

President Obama stood before the cameras to share his outrage at the horrific beheading of a heroic young American reporter by the Islamic State. As soon as the cameras were turned off, he headed off to the golf course to tee it up with a few of his friends.

Banker Follows Graduates Illustration by William Brown

Digitizing the authentic education

Thousands of moms and dads, following the script written into an autumn ritual of the middle class, are preparing to say farewell to the sons and daughters they’ve loved, nurtured and tried to civilize for nearly two decades.

Turkey Davutoglu Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Talking Turkey with an Islamist academician

As Recep Tayyip Erdogan ascends Thursday to the presidency of Turkey, his hand-picked successor, Ahmet Davutoglu, simultaneously assumes Mr. Erdogan’s old job of prime minister.

Asian-bashing Democrats

Harry Reid is a bigoted Beltway corruptocrat with an interminable case of diarrhea of the mouth.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Impeach Holder, not Obama

The Times recently ran two items about impeachment. One was former judge Andrew P. Napolitano's op-ed, "The smoking gun of Obama's lawlessness" (Web, Aug. 6), and the other was a cartoon showing House Speaker John A. Boehner saying (as he has in fact said), "We have no plans to impeach President Obama" and "We have nothing to gain by impeaching President Obama."

Attack on Freedom of Religion Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A speech code for the pulpit?

Usually, the only link most Americans make between the Internal Revenue Service and their faith is the prayer they offer before beginning to fill out their tax returns.

Illustration on Federal abuse of power through confiscation of citizens' property by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When the highway robber wears a badge

In 1900, legend has it Butch Cassidy was part of the small gang that knocked off the First National Bank of Winnemucca, stealing $32,000.

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community gather at a park near the Turkey-Iraq border at the Ibrahim al-Khalil crossing, as they try to cross to Turkey, in Zakho, 300 miles (475 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The U.N. this week declared the situation in Iraq a "Level 3 Emergency" — a decision that came after some 45,000 members of the Yazidi religious minority were able to escape from a remote desert mountaintop where they had been encircled by Islamic State fighters. The extremist group views them as apostates and had vowed to kill any who did not convert to Islam. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Wielding hugs and scimitars

It's tough to think of a lower moment for the American presidency than what President Obama has done to it during the past couple of weeks. He stubbornly insisted on a sweet vacation at Martha's Vineyard while the world exploded.

Illustration on premature death pronouncements on the Tea Party by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Reports of Tea Party's death are greatly exaggerated

With the GOP establishment's victory of Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas, many news outlets have begun to beat the drum about the failure of a movement that brought us the likes of Sens. Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and other Tea Party candidates.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Arsonist'

The main characters of Sue Miller's new novel, "The Arsonist," have all recently settled in the New Hampshire village of Pomeroy. To Frankie Rowley, it isn't an entirely new place because she spent summers on the family farm her parents Sylvia and Alfie inherited.

NATO and Afghan security forces inspect at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. A suicide car bomber attacked a NATO convoy moving through Afghanistan's capital Sunday, killing several civilians and wounding more than 35 in an assault claimed by the Taliban, authorities said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

SHANSAB: Don't abandon Afghanistan yet

The killing of Maj. Gen. Harold J. Green by an Afghan soldier is a tragic reminder that all is not well in Afghanistan. Since the fall of the Taliban in November 2001, Afghanistan never had a chance to become a functioning state. The power of the warlords was never challenged. Institutions remained weak and ineffective. Elections were phony. The government was infested with corruption and nepotism.

BOOK REVIEW: 'How Paris Became Paris'

Far more than a great line from a great movie, "We'll always have Paris" captures what this magical city means to its visitors, especially those romantically inclined.

AP10ThingsToSee - A Palestinian youth wraps a bandolier of spent bullets leftover by the Israeli army, next to his destroyed home in Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

MANDEL: The big lie of Gaza

As a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is hammered out, much talk is heard about aid packages for Gaza, as though none previously existed.

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speak together sitting at a picnic table April 9, 2009, on the South Lawn of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

EDITORIAL: Hillary embraces Obama — at arm's length

The guests at Ann Jordan's 80th birthday party hadn't felt such exquisite anticipation, when Hillary Clinton arrived to join guests including President Obama, since the junior-high sock hop, where the boys sheepishly congregated on one side of the gym and the girls on the other, everyone waiting for someone to break the ice.